Clifton Rolet Sutton, 58, a journalist, environmental activist, community organizer and co-executive producer of It’s Showtime at the Apollo, died recently. He was the nephew of Percy Sutton.
At his funeral, speakers told of the powerful role he played in Harlem politics over the last 30 years of his life, including his work with Governor David Paterson.
In 1988 he started West Harlem Environmental Action with Peggy Shepard and Vernice Miller-Travis to protest flaws at the North River Sewage Treatment Plant. He was also one of the “Sewage Seven” (including now Governor Paterson), a group of protesters arrested for demonstrating near the Harlem treatment plant.
Mr. Sutton also worked as the Weehawken reporter for the Hudson Dispatch and an administrator at Essex County Community College.
Last November, while being treated for his cancer, Mr. Sutton, who was married and the father of four, organized a get-out-the-vote phonathon from his hospital bed.